Children from Johannesburg Children’s Home enjoy fun-filled afternoon at Snow World
A total of 20 children from Johannesburg Children’s Home were rewarded with an afternoon of fun at Snow World in Killarney Mall.
The children were awarded merits based on good marks and involvement in school activities and the children with the highest merits spent their afternoon at Snow World.
Evodia Mohlakoane from the home said, “The children really work hard at school and we are really happy with them. They’ve been attending extra murals and doing all their homework.
“The children are so excited, they were even wowed because it was something they really weren’t expecting. They’re so excited to be snow tubing, they can’t stop going down the slide.”
Snow World also features little Alpine huts where the children got warm drinks and had their faces painted.
The children also had the opportunity to ride on electronic dinosaurs which move and visit the Ice Age exhibition which features large moving animals. The exhibit also provides an educational element by providing lots of information for the children.
Mark Wilson, the owner of Snow World said they typically make about eight tonnes of snow a day for the activation.
”The snow is really great for the kids to play with, for making snow castles and snowmen. We’ve also got our ramp which is really thrilling and the colder it gets the faster you go so it’s really fast at the moment,” said Wilson.
Charlé Gerber, the marketing manager for Killarney Mall, said they love giving back to the community and paid for the tickets for the children and also provided lunch and goodie bags so they could enjoy a fun-filled afternoon to reward them for their efforts.
GENEROUS DONATIONS BRING A SMILE TO THE FACES OF SOWETO SCHOOL GOERS
Killarney Mall’s Stationery Drive has been ongoing for many years, shoppers generously donate new and used stationery in bins allocated around the mall. Killarney Mall supplements the stationery collected by purchasing notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, colouring pencils, writing paper, pencil cases and more. Our charity partner, Thembelenkosini Care Givers in Senaoane, Soweto received the items on 1 February with open arms. Senaoane is a growing and vibrant neighbourhood in Soweto with a burgeoning presence of schools, churches, clinics, sports facilities, and NGOs. It is also the home to Soweto College.
Born and raised in Soweto, Johannesburg, Ms. Witness Khosi Ntshangase, has worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children through the Thembelenkosini Care Givers Centre. Khosi, as she is more informally known, derives her motivation to bring positive change to her community from her late father, Thembelenkosini. His love for people and compassion for the disadvantaged in his community truly inspired her to establish and manage the foundation. The centre is named in his honour.
Thembelenkosini Care Givers is a registered non-profit organization and their mission is to physically, emotionally, creatively, and intellectually enhance the lives of children in the community of Senaoane. Many of these children are orphaned and to them Thembelenkosini is not just a care facility, they rely on them for food, love, education and stationery to get through the school year. Based at Saint Hilda’s church, the facility has a Kitchen to provide breakfast and lunch, a library and a playroom. This year City Property supplement the stationery donations with large supplies of basic food products including, samp, maze meal, rice, soya mince and more.
On the 1st of February 2016 students from Soweto made their way to Thembelenkosini as they always do, but were surprised by the Killarney Mall team. The mall was there to hand over boxes of books, files, stationery and food. The children were overwhelmed with happiness when they received their pencil cases filled with stationery, notebooks, pencil crayons and books to fill their library. The library received many reading books and encyclopaedias kindly donated by Killarney Mall shoppers. After an afternoon of sing and dance, they were further surprised with sweets and chocolates. On many occasions the charity has fallen shorty of supplies and care givers dig into their own pockets to assist.
Caregivers at Thembelenkosini do not get salaries, Thembelenkosini is their family and will do whatever it takes to help their children. An emotional Lindiwe, who assists the children daily, received the items with much gratitude and appreciation.
Thank you to the many shoppers who made this all possible. The stationery Drive will continue once again in Killarney Mall from December.